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Labor

ACT Work Ready Community

ACT, the college readiness assessment standardized testing company which tests high school students for admission into college (one of two such testing companies with the SAT), has initiated a national effort to certify counties as having workers with essential skills needed for workplace success.  These skills include reading for information, applied mathematics, and locating information.  ACT has found these skills are required for 67% of jobs in the USA.

This ACT certification provides evidence-based facts regarding the quality and quantity of workers in counties and regions.  The Mississippi Delta is one of the first regions in the United States to adopt this ACT Work Ready Community Certification.  Undertaking the rigorous ACT process and earning the “Work Ready Community” designation is a reflection of the community’s commitment to a qualified workforce, and a nationally recognized tool and metrics the prospective employer can trust. The Delta Strong region has positively identified more than 7,500 individuals scoring silver or better on the ACT exam. That’s 12,427 individuals ready and qualified to work today!

  Total ACT NCRC Bronze Silver Gold / Platinum
In Our Region: 12,427 4203 7083 1141

Delta Strong™ Labor Shed Area

Labor Shed Map

  • The Delta Strong™ region draws from a 26-county region stretching from Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi.
  • The population of this region is 1,962,630.
  • The counties in this region include: Attala Co. MS, Bolivar Co. MS, Carroll Co. MS, Chicot Co. AR, Coahoma Co, MS, DeSoto Co. MS, Grenada Co. MS, Hinds Co. MS, Holmes Co. MS, Humphreys Co. MS, Issaquena Co. MS, Lafayette Co. MS, Lefore Co. MS, Madison Co. MS, Panola Co. MS, Phillips Co. AR, Quitman Co. MS, Sharkey Co. MS, Shelby Co. TN, Sunflower Co. MS, Tallahatchie Co. MS, Tate Co. MS, Tunica Co. MS, Warren Co. MS, Washington Co. MS, and Yazoo Co. MS.
  • For the labor shed area for each individual county in the Delta Strong™ region click the respective counties on the interactive map above.

More Detailed Breakdown of Labor by Geography


The following are the raw numbers of people employed by occupation code in our labor shed region:

Engineering Talent

  • 1,797 Industrial Engineers
  • 717 Mechanical Engineers
  • 483 Environmental Engineers
  • 317 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer
  • 157 Chemical Engineers
  • 121 Marine Engineers and Naval Architects
  • 78 Nuclear Engineers
  • 64 Aerospace Engineers
  • 1,775 Civil Engineers
  • 661 Electrical Engineers
  • 396 Engineers, All Other
  • 234 Computer Hardware Engineers
  • 135 Petroleum Engineers
  • 111 Biomedical Engineers
  • 73 Materials Engineers
  • 1,797 Industrial Engineers
  • 1,775 Civil Engineers
  • 717 Mechanical Engineers
  • 661 Electrical Engineers
  • 483 Environmental Engineers
  • 396 Engineers, All Other
  • 317 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer
  • 234 Computer Hardware Engineers
  • 157 Chemical Engineers
  • 135 Petroleum Engineers
  • 121 Marine Engineers and Naval Architects
  • 111 Biomedical Engineers
  • 78 Nuclear Engineers
  • 73 Materials Engineers
  • 64 Aerospace Engineers
 

Unskilled Labor

  • 24,164 people are registered with Temporary Help Services in our region.

Data provided by the University of Southern Mississippi's Economic Development Research Center